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Iconic Blue Exterior Construction Begins at IKEA Centennial

IKEA Centennial RenderingCENTENNIAL, CO – IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that steel framing has progressed far enough that installation of the iconic blue composite panels has begun on its future Denver-area store opening next fall in Centennial, CO. Installation of the blue panels is a construction milestone that ensures the store will open Fall 2011, and reflects the unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. Also, reflecting a commitment to sustainable building practices, IKEA Centennial will be the first U.S. IKEA store to integrate a geothermal system into its heating and cooling system.

“With the store’s structure significantly formed and blue paneling now going up, we definitely are on track for a grand opening next fall,” said Doug Greenholz, IKEA U.S real estate manager. “We hope to be enclosed fully after the new year, and cannot wait to open IKEA Centennial in Fall 2011. We know there are many Denverarea customers who are excited for us to open, including more than 50,000 customers in Colorado who currently are driving great distances to shop at our stores.”

In addition to 10,000 exclusively-designed items, IKEA Centennial will present 50 room settings, three complete model home interiors, a supervised children’s play
area, and a 500-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries or salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the showroom, baby care rooms, preferred parking and play areas throughout the store. IKEA Centennial also will offer home delivery, furniture assembly, kitchen installation and in-store consultations.

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